Day 1 of Bryson DeChambeau’s driving assault on Augusta didn’t go precisely as deliberate.
All eyes have been on the U.S. Open champion as he teed off from the 10th on Thursday as the favourite to win this yr’s Masters, armed with an assault plan that had been the supply of a lot dialogue.
Would the PGA Tour’s longest driver, as he advised, search for the 14th fairway from the 13th tee? May he probably even drive the inexperienced from the primary? Nick Faldo promised to run bare by means of the long-lasting course if the latter got here to cross.
There was no doubting DeChambeau’s ambition within the opening spherical, however the aggressive strategy initially appeared flawed and his improved placing needed to come to the rescue on multiple event.
DeChambeau met his match early, scrambling to make par on the 11th and 14th after frequenting the timber however double-bogeying the 13th.
The tide steadily turned, nevertheless, with DeChambeau nonetheless counting on a sequence of hefty tee photographs, even when his drive on the first pulled left and allowed Faldo, in attendance as a CBS analyst, to maintain his garments on.
It was a tumultuous spherical for essentially the most half and but, by the point he returned to the clubhouse, the 27-year-old had a 2-under 70, nonetheless very a lot in rivalry.
“I am very pleased with the persistence I delivered to the course immediately,” DeChambeau mentioned.
“I attempted to tackle some threat. It did not work out in addition to I assumed it could have, however I am happy with the best way I dealt with myself and completed off. Birdieing 8 and 9 was a testomony to my focus degree and desirous to contend right here.”
Of his double-bogey setback, he added: “I simply did not draw it across the nook sufficient and I acquired grasping.
“This golf course, as a lot as I am attempting to assault it, it may possibly chew again. It is nonetheless Augusta Nationwide and it is the Masters. It is an incredible take a look at of golf it doesn’t matter what approach you play it.”
Main the best way early on was Paul Casey, who completed with a bogey-free 65 that was boosted by an eagle on the second.
Casey completed in a tie for second on the PGA Championship and advised enjoying majors in the course of the coronavirus pandemic is simpler than an ordinary event.
“I did not know the way this was going to be, enjoying in a pandemic with out followers,” he advised Sky Sports activities. “To be trustworthy, I nonetheless do not prefer it, I miss the vitality.
“However the majors we have performed — Harding Park, Winged Foot, now Augusta — you possibly can sense there is a buzz among the many gamers. It has been that distinction that has led to my good golf within the greater championships.
“I need individuals to be pouring by means of the gates and having fun with watching myself and others play golf. However till that occurs, I am attempting to profit from it this week.”
Tiger Woods, the defending champion, may but have his say. He, too, was flawless in his 68 after birdies on the 13th, 15th, 16th and first.